BoomBozz Launches Signature Craft Beer Line

louisville beer - boombozz taphouseThis isn’t a new concept, obviously, but for a local pizza chain that serves up some of the city’s finest pizza and also keeps an impressive list of craft beers, it makes total sense. And hey, that means more beer for us. Here’s the press release direct from Tony Palombino:

LOUISVILLE, KY (July, 2015) – BoomBozz is celebrating the opening of its seventh taphouse restaurant in St. Matthews by launching its own line of signature craft beers. The first brew is called 16.5 Hefeweizen. It’s an American wheat beer inspired by Founder and CEO Tony Palombino’s favorite beers, and locally brewed by Falls City. 16.5 refers to the number of years that the BoomBozz chain has been serving great food and brew in Louisville.

“I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying beer from all over the world and now I can bring the best of those tastes to BoomBozz customers,” noted Tony. “For sixteen years we have consistently worked to bring the very best food and beverage experience to our customers and this is the next big step. Wheat beer is growing in popularity and with 16.5 Hefeweizen we have a fantastic locally brewed wheat beer.   Cutting edge beer, it’s what we do at BoomBozz.”

BoomBozz will be partnering with other local brewers to create a variety of Seasonal Collaborations.  Local brewer [Goodwood] has already begun creating a special barrel age beer for BoomBozz.  The barrel was chosen by BoomBozz customers and Knob Creek employees. Look for other tasty collaborations in the future with Country Boy, Rhinegeist, Schlafly and other talented local brewers.

Through 19, 16.5 Hefeweizen will be available for just $3.99 a pint at participating BoomBozz locations.

Chilling With Michael Beckmann at Boombozz Taphouse

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The Boombozz Taphouse in the Highlands has, well, lots of taps.

Michael Beckmann sells a lot of craft beer at his Highlands Tony Boombozz location. A lot of it. And it’s not just because there is only one non-craft or non-local tap, either.

The general manager and brains behind the beers thinks a big part of what drives craft beer’s popularity is growing rebellion against big corporations. Secondly, people like to drink locally.

“Localness is what drives craft beer,” he said.

He told me this as I sipped a New Albanian Brewing Company Houndmouth, one of several local and craft beers I tried while sitting at the bar with Beckmann and his girlfriend Caroline. His taps are always rotating in new brews, stuff from local and regional breweries as well as from around the world. It’s quite a journey for the taste buds.

I also tasted Southern Tier Live, Widmer Alchemy Ale, Mikkeller Wet Hop Kellerbier, Country Boy Cougar Bait and Sierra Nevada Oliva Quad. I’ll spare you wordy reviews, but the Mikeller reminded more of a pilsner than an ale, and the Oliva Quad was so interesting, flavorful and ripe with plums that my first thought was that it would be delicious poured over pancakes.

Beckmann spoke of how he makes sure his taps always feature local brews, and that he does a “TALL4small” (tall beer for a short beer price) special every Thursday for local brews only. “I love supporting the locals,” he said. “And it works.”

He wants a visit to Boombozz Taphouse to be an experience, versus a get-drunk session; no two beer drinkers are created equally, and yet he also wants to make sure each person’s palate gets some respect. (He said one woman actually wrote a dissertation about how well she was treated at Boombozz as a female beer drinker. Apparently, the bar staff didn’t jump to the conclusion she would want a Blue Moon with an orange wedge.)

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Michael Beckmann and Caroline Knopf both enjoy a tasty brew.

And while there is a shortage of such beers in the taps, Beckmann also makes sure there are “simpler” local and craft beers bartenders can recommend to customers looking for a new experience. The house BoomBrew, for instance, is the very drinkable Bluegrass Brewing Company Amber. In fact, in recent weeks there’s been no corporate beer on tap at all.

“We went through April and May without it, and no one complained,” he said. At the same time, “I don’t think anybody here is going to make you feel guilty about ordering a Bud Light.”

So, he makes sure to have the corporate beers always available in bottles, just to be safe.

But for those who like their taste buds to be challenged, the Boombozz Taphouse is a great place to be. Beckmann and his bar staff like to mix it up. Literally. For instance, he recently mixed the Southern Tier Live, Mikkeller Wet Hop and Widmer Alchemy Ale. Another popular blend was a Cumberland Brews Roasted Pumpkin Ale with a Southern Tier Creme Brulee.

“It tasted like pumpkin pie with whipped cream,” he said.

And next time you’re in, be sure to ask him about the seven-stout blend.

Anyway, for Beckmann, his position at Boombozz is like “a play thing.” He likes to not only treat his customers, but to also treat himself.

“And I’ve got the pick of the litter here,” he said.